Loading...

A New Working Class by Jane Berger

A New Working Class by Jane Berger

Author:Jane Berger [Berger, Jane]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780812253450
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Published: 2021-09-15T00:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER 8

“A Tourist Town at the Expense of the Poor”

The Making of Two Baltimores

On a warm, sunny day in July 1981, Baltimore’s mayor, outfitted in a yellow-and-red-striped Victorian bathing suit and sporting a straw hat, stood on the edge of a seal tank beside his city’s newly built national aquarium. The mayor had already dropped rubber duckies into the water and was preparing to follow them in. He descended a set of underwater stairs until all that remained for the few hundred reporters and spectators to see was his hat floating on the water. After he resurfaced, the mayor swam to some rocks, making way for the tank’s rightful inhabitants. Released by their attendants, a group of seals slowly scooted down a runway to join the mayor in their new home. As the seals swam around “Hizhonor,” the audience could not help being charmed by Charm City’s quirky mayor. And as they looked up from the spectacle to glance around the inner harbor that the aquarium bordered, few could fail to be impressed by recent dramatic changes. Looking southwest across the tip of the harbor, reporters sent by local, national, and even international news outlets could see the Maryland Science Center, built some five years earlier to attract visitors to the waterfront. Spectators looking to the west of the seal tank and past a new high-rise World Trade Center glimpsed the mast of the city’s historic all-sail Civil War navy ship docked at a new marina. Next to the ship and just north of the Science Center, the two glass pavilions of Baltimore’s Harborplace mall, designed by nationally renowned developer James Rouse, hugged the harbor’s edge. Attached to one of the pavilions by a pedestrian walkway was the recently opened Hyatt Regency hotel. And just beyond the hotel was a new convention center, which city officials hoped would attract increased business now that the mayor’s swim with the seals was going to put Baltimore on the map.1

Baltimore’s waterfront had changed considerably during the less than ten years that Mayor William Donald Schaefer had been in office. And Schaefer had presided over the harbor’s facelift with enthusiasm. He and his staff labored with the same degree of dedication and passion that had fueled the city’s antipoverty and human-services workers in their efforts to combat economic insecurity during the 1960s and early 1970s. In fact, the mayor and his advisers understood the waterfront projects as a type of antipoverty initiative. By attracting tourists and businesses to Baltimore, the mayor hoped to jumpstart the economy of his deindustrializing city and generate revenue that would reverse decline and eventually trickle down to low-income residents. The strategy was one also pursued by other executives in rust-belt cities. Schaefer proved particularly masterful at the approach for two main reasons. First, like the antipoverty warriors, he was adept at securing federal grants to pursue his projects—for like Baltimore’s War on Poverty, much of the city’s commercial redevelopment was paid for with federal dollars. And second, but this



Download



Copyright Disclaimer:
This site does not store any files on its server. We only index and link to content provided by other sites. Please contact the content providers to delete copyright contents if any and email us, we'll remove relevant links or contents immediately.
Popular ebooks
IMAGINES: Celebrity Encounters Starring You by Anna Todd & Leigh Ansell & Rachel Aukes & Doeneseya Bates & Scarlett Drake & A. Evansley & Kevin Fanning & Ariana Godoy & Debra Goelz & Bella Higgin & Blair Holden & Kora Huddles & Annelie Lange & E. Latimer & Bryony Leah & Jordan Lynde & Laiza Millan & Peyton Novak & C.M. Peters & Michelle Jo & Dmitri Ragano & Elizabeth A. Seibert & Rebecca Sky & Karim Soliman & Kate J. Squires & Steffanie Tan & Kassandra Tate & Katarina E. Tonks & Marcella Uva & Tango Walker & Bel Watson & Jen Wilde & Ashley Winters(75175)
Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson(50643)
Sita - Warrior of Mithila (Book 2 of the Ram Chandra Series) by Amish(47810)
The Cross and the Curse (The Bernicia Chronicles Book 2) by Harffy Matthew(46977)
Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas(36116)
The Crystal Crypt by Dick Philip K(35012)
The Crystal Egg by Wells H.G(34795)
In Control (The City Series) by Crystal Serowka(34776)
The Wolf Sea (The Oathsworn Series, Book 2) by Low Robert(32943)
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry(32441)
The Book of Dreams (Saxon Series) by Severin Tim(31386)
Crowbone (The Oathsworn Series, Book 5) by Low Robert(31269)
Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress — Volume 1 by Fanny Burney(30575)
Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress — Volume 3 by Fanny Burney(30356)
Cecilia; Or, Memoirs of an Heiress — Volume 2 by Fanny Burney(30330)
Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney(25421)
Evelina by Fanny Burney(25367)
Fanny Burney by Claire Harman(25257)
Beautiful Disaster by McGuire Jamie(23726)
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase(21259)